Posted by: Pam Hackbart-Dean | March 5, 2014

Carbondale Remembered Oral History Project

The Carbondale Remembered Oral History Project is a joint effort between Special Collections Research Center of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Carbondale, Illinois Preservation Commission. Interviews were conducted by Dede Lingle Ittner, who interviewed individuals with ties to the Carbondale, Illinois community. This ongoing project began in 2004 and currently consists of 37 oral history interviews. All of the interviews were originally recorded on audio cassettes. These have been digitized and are now available as mp3 files.

The oral histories concentrate on twentieth century Carbondale, Illinois history with an emphasis on political history, architecture, and education. Other topics include Black history, Southern Illinois Normal University (later Southern Illinois University Carbondale) history, business history, the Great Depression, natural disasters, World War II and Vietnam.   Interviews will be added as they become available.

To listen or read these interviews, visit:

The oral histories can also be accessed in Special Collections Research Center, as well as at the Carbondale Public Library


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